22 April, 2021

The Next Station Is...

L&T said it might exit, there are rifts aplenty, how is Hyderabad Metro still upbeat on target?

P. Anil Kumar
The Next Station Is...

Sitting in his office at Cyber Towers, HiTec City, L&T Hyderabad Metro Rail CEO Vivek B. Gadgil seems slightly on edge. Talking about L&T’s work in construction of Metro lines across several of Ind­ia’s cities, Gadgil wonders why only in Hyd­e­rabad the media is “nosy”, and keen to run down every aspect of the Metro.

Indeed, ever since the engineering giant began work on the 72-km Hyder­a­bad Metro line in June 2012, it’s been a series of hurdles. There have been  prote­sts from traders, heritage conservationi­sts, green activists, politicians, not to for­get its own run-INS with the Hyder­a­bad Metro Rail Ltd, a corporate entity of the Telangana government. A PMO project monitoring group is also supervising the Metro, following the tussles with the TRS government. In Sep­tember, there were even reports that the central government had taken over the project.

But at a recent meeting between the four—CM K. Chandrasekhara Rao, L&T chairman A.M. Naik, Gadgil, and...

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